May 4, 2015

Bread for the World and NFL Player Partner to End Hunger

Kelvin Beachum Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman and son of a pastor, announced today a partnership with Bread for the World’s campaign to end hunger in the United States and around the world.

“We are delighted to welcome Kelvin into our campaign to write hunger into history. His passion for promoting anti-hunger programs rooted in his deep faith is a great example of what constitutes a hunger champion,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World.

“I look forward to working with Bread for the World to make sure that all our children are fed and to help end hunger by 2030,” said Beachum.

In the Steelers home state of Pennsylvania, 11.9 percent of households are at risk of hunger. Nearly one in five children live in poverty.

“We are the richest country in the world and yet we still have high rates of hunger,” said Beachum. “As a child, my family and I bounced around from WIC, free and reduced lunches, and some food stamp assistance when we qualified. There were times when we had enough, but there were also times that we needed help.”

As a grandson of a pastor and a son of a minister, faith is a strong component in Beachum’s life. He believes that God has given him many talents, on and off the field.

Beachum sees his partnership with Bread for the World to give back to the community, as well as a platform to talk such hunger issues as to ensure children are fed.

“To help end hunger, God is stretching me to do things I have never done before, like advocate for hungry children,” said Beachum. “It truly takes a team to make that dream work. It takes a team from all different walks of life, all different upbringings, backgrounds, circumstance, to all to come together and help end hunger.”

Beachum joined the National Football League when he was selected to play for the Steelers in 2012. 

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